Will Gemini ever become a standardized protocol?

almaember almaember at disroot.org
Thu Mar 25 08:29:14 GMT 2021


On Thu, 25 Mar 2021 01:25:53 -0700
Genro <gemini-lists.orbitalfox.eu at box559.com> wrote:

> almaember wrote on 2021-03-25 12:26 a.m.:
> > On Thu, 25 Mar 2021 02:13:02 +0000
> > Jordan <jordan at crowesnest.io> wrote:
> >   
> >> Eh, I couldnt care less if it does or not. What would the big
> >> benefits be if it does?
> >>
> >> -------- Original Message --------
> >> On Mar 24, 2021, 6:16 PM, almaember wrote:
> >>  
> >>> Hello,
> >>>
> >>> I was wondering. Right now, Gemini uses a non-registered protocol
> >>> schema (gemini://) and a non-registered MIME-type (text/gemini).
> >>>
> >>> The specification is a self-identified "pseudo-specification", and
> >>> is often not specific enough, leading to a number of de facto
> >>> standards, and the main website took a descriptive approach, and
> >>> simply collected[1] these "standards".
> >>>
> >>> I understand that this is a very young protocol, but I wanted to
> >>> post this question anyway. Do you think Gemini will ever become a
> >>> standard? Even if not a standard published by a big organization
> >>> like the ISO, ECMA, IETF or IEEE, will text/gemini and the gemini
> >>> url scheme ever be registered with the IANA?
> >>>
> >>> Cheers,
> >>> almaember
> >>>
> >>> [1]: https://gemini.circumlunar.space/docs/best-practices.gm  
> > 
> > One benefit would be a more definitive standard. We could also
> > register the port so no other software will use it.
> > 
> > And Gemini might also get into projects like cURL.  
> 
> 
> The port is already registered - to someone else.
> 
> Port 1965 has been assigned for years to "qsm-gui."
> 
> See 
> https://www.iana.org/assignments/service-names-port-numbers/service-names-port-numbers.xhtml?&page=19

So that's a lost battle for use, isn't it?
At least we could get the MIME type. What is qsm-gui anyway? It's
pretty unlikely we are gonna collide with it.


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